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Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
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Parking costs $10 or $12, depending on the day. No elevator in the garage. Street parking is scarce, and since there's no intermission, you can't go out & pay for more time.
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54 events
35 reviews
6 stars
This is a one act play, lasting one hour & 45 minutes. You can take a drink into the theatre.
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"August: Osage County"
44 ratings
4.6 average rating
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4 events
1 review
2 stars
attended Jul 03 2007

Overall, a very moving performance reminiscent of Tennessee Williams. We found, at times, the timing off on some of the dialog. The character, Jean - a 14 year old girl, lacked the exuberance and mood changes of every teenage girl I've ever...continued

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3 reviews
7 stars
attended Jul 22 2007

A well-staged production, with a cast of made up of some of Chicago's best! Amy Morton and Jeff Perry were my favorites in this show. It is a long show (3hrs. 20 min.) but it moved along really well. It didn't fell like 3+ hours at all.

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1 review
0 stars
attended Jul 20 2007

A smart & funny play about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family. The 3 hours of the play flashed by. It never seemed slow and the excellent acting made you care about nearly all of the 10+ varied actors. Thoroughly recommended for an adult audience.

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Watch the behind-the-scenes video of _August: Osage County on YouTube.
“Staggeringly ambitious, staggeringly successful” —_Chicago Tribune

“Deep and highly entertaining work, consistently rich, raw and intense, filled with viciousness and vicious wit.” —Variety
“Highly recommended!” —Chicago Reader
“Hugely ambitious drama…intensely literate” —Chicago Sun-Times


Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents August: Osage County, by Steppenwolf ensemble member Tracy Letts.  Ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro directs a cast of 13, including ensemble members Ian Barford, Francis Guinan, Mariann Mayberry, Amy Morton, Sally Murphy, Jeff Perry, Rondi Reed and Rick Snyder, as well as Deanna Dunagan, Kimberly Guerrero, Fawn Johnstin, Dennis Letts and Troy West.

When their patriarch vanishes, the Weston clan must return to their three-story home in rural Oklahoma to get to the heart of the matter. With rich insight and brilliant humor, Letts paints a vivid portrait of a Midwestern family at a turning point.

Tracy Letts (Playwright) became an ensemble member in 2002 and was recently named an artistic associate. He has appeared at Steppenwolf in Betrayal, The Pillowman, Last of the Boys, The Pain and the Itch, The Dresser, Homebody/Kabul, The Dazzle, Glengarry Glen Ross (also Dublin and Toronto), Three Days of Rain, Road to Nirvana, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and the Steppenwolf for Young Adults production of The Glass Menagerie. He appeared in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Alliance Theatre Company) directed by ensemble member Amy Morton. Previous Chicago stage credits include The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (A Red Orchid Theatre), Conquest of the South Pole (Famous Door), Bouncers (the Next Lab) and his directorial debut at the Lookingglass Theatre with Great Men of Science Nos. 21 and 22. He is the author of Man from Nebraska, which was produced at Steppenwolf in 2003 and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize; Killer Joe, which has been produced in Chicago, London and New York; and Bug, which has played in New York, Chicago and London. He has appeared on television in The District, Profiler, Prison Break, The Drew Carey Show, Seinfeld and Home Improvement. Film appearances include Guinevere, U.S. Marshals and Chicago Cab.

About the Ticket Supplier: Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an internationally-renowned company of thirty-five artists whose talents include acting, directing, playwriting, filmmaking, and textual adaptation. Steppenwolf has redefined the landscape of acting and performance by spawning a generation of America’s most gifted artists, including Joan Allen, John Mahoney, John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, Martha Plimpton and Gary Sinise. No other American theater ensemble has survived as long and thrived as much as the Steppenwolf company of artists, who return home to Chicago to do the work they love.